Kiswahili or Swahili is the official language with English being the official primary language of commerce, administration and higher education.
Tanzanians in most tourist areas speak English, but knowing a few Swahili words and greetings will be greatly appreciated, going a long way to smoothing your travels. For those based in Dar es Salaam and wish to study the language you can enrol with Swahili Dar Language School.
|Yes, please||Ndiyo tafadali|
|Good morning||Habari za asubuhi|
|Good evening||Habari za jioni|
|Goodbye||Kwa heri(singular), Kwa herini (plural)|
|Do you speak English?||Unasema Kiingereza?|
|I don't speak Swahili||Sisema Kiswahili|
|Where is it?||Iko wapi?|
|European (white person)||Mzungu|
|Slowly slowly||Pole pole|
|Very good||Mzuri sana|